Los Angeles County requests that the widow of NBA legend Kobe Bryant and different surviving members of the family of these concerned in final 12 months’s deadly helicopter crash undergo a psychiatric examination.
The County hopes that the examination outcomes will assist their declare that their emotional misery didn’t come from the images of their lifeless family, which have been shared by county fireplace and sheriff’s division staff following the crash.
That’s the reason the County is in search of a courtroom order to power the opposite facet to bear medical examinations as a part of their efforts to defend itself, USA Right now reported.
Final 12 months, Bryant filed a lawsuit, suing the County for invasion of privateness and negligence. The lawsuit claims county staff improperly shared the photographs of human stays from the crash website.
Friday’s courtroom submitting by the County claims that Bryant and the opposite surviving household plaintiffs are suing the County for “tens of millions of dollars” as a result of they declare they suffered “severe emotional distress.” Nevertheless, the County says this misery was not due to the leaked images or any accident website images.
“Despite putting their mental condition front and center in this case, Plaintiffs refuse to submit to independent medical examinations (IMEs),” the County acknowledged. “The County brings this motion to compel IMEs of the Plaintiffs, which are necessary to evaluate the existence, extent and nature of Plaintiffs’ alleged emotional injuries. Plaintiffs cannot claim that they are suffering from ongoing depression, anxiety and severe emotional distress and then balk at having to support their claims.”
Attorneys for Bryant and the opposite plaintiffs slammed the County of their response, saying that it might power involuntary psychiatric exams on a bunch of surviving members of the family that features “four teenagers, a 10-year-old child, and a 5-year-old kindergartener.”
“Unable to defend the indefensible conduct of its employees who took and shared horrific photographs of Plaintiffs’ deceased loved ones. … the County has resorted to scorched-earth discovery tactics designed to bully Plaintiffs into abandoning their pursuit of accountability,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys acknowledged. “After seeking intrusive discovery into everything from Plaintiffs’ privileged therapist records and middle school report cards, the County now seeks to compel the victims of its employees’ misconduct … to undergo involuntary psychiatric examinations.”
“Adding insult to injury, the County is making this demand while simultaneously refusing to make two of its key witnesses … available for a routine deposition,” the plaintiffs’ attorneys acknowledged. “Apparently, in the County’s estimation, top officials should be shielded from providing any testimony, but the victims should not only withstand the emotional toll of a full-day deposition, but also submit to an eight-hour involuntary psychiatric examination simply because they had the audacity to demand accountability for Defendants’ disrespect of the dead and callous intrusion upon their private grief.”